Tue, June 02, 2015
Referred to as “a luncheon 12 years in the making,” Living the Vision reviewed and celebrated the achievement of goals set in February 2003 during “Visioning a Greater West Orange: 2015,” a community visioning initiative to develop a consensus about the future of West Orange County. Marilyn Crotty, UCF Director of Florida Institute of Government, moderated the event by presenting the original Vision and highlighting the milestone successes that served as catapults toward truly Living the Vision in present day.
Goal #1: To promote and facilitate intergovernmental coordination related to the West Orange County strategic plan.
Goal #2: To promote and support activities that enhance economic-related opportunities in West Orange County.
Goal #3: To promote the development of diverse recreational and cultural facilities, programs, and activities.
Goal #4: To encourage protection and enhancement of the natural environment in balance with planned growth.
Goal #5: To provide diverse and superior educational opportunities for all citizens in West Orange County.
Goal #6: To establish and cultivate effective community partnerships with public and private entities.
Goal #7: To support the development of a high-quality transportation system that meets present and future demands.
Goal #8: To ensure that high quality health care is accessible and available to all citizens of West Orange County.
Goal #9: To promote a safe environment in West Orange County.
Next, Crotty moderated a discussion of the guest panelists, detailing the accomplishments and future endeavors for each of their respective areas. The panel was comprised of representatives from Orange County, City of Orlando, Town of Oakland, City of Ocoee, Town of Windermere, and City of Winter Garden.
“We should all be proud of what our community has accomplished in just over a decade,” said Stina D’Uva, President and CEO of the WOCC. “Back in February 2003 at Olympia High School, even Jake Vest of the Orlando Sentinel was impressed with the crowd we drew on a cold and drizzly Saturday. He commented that we didn’t draw the crowd because it was an anti-rally, or an ‘axe the tax,’ or ‘don’t put that in my backyard’ type of rally; we drew the crowd because we all wanted to make sure we had a say in our future and what we could collectively envision for our community. “We dreamed big, we envisioned greater, and we have exceeded our own expectations in Visioning a Greater West Orange.”